Local MP Tom Brake, yesterday, honoured the victims of genocide in World War II as part of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The day commemorates the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Poland by Soviet troops on January 27th, 1945. As well as a day of remembrance, recent genocides such as those in Bosnia, Rwanda, Cambodia and Darfur are also reflected upon. It is also hoped that through remembering such atrocities, people will learn from the events and prevent future genocide.
The MP for Carshalton and Wallington attended a service at Sutton Grammar School in the morning, where speakers included the son of two holocaust survivors.
Tom, along with many students from local schools has visited Auschwitz-Birkenau courtesy of the Holocaust Educational Trust.
Commenting on the day, Tom said:
“It is important to remember those who have died as a result of genocide and hatred. Only by remembering those have already lost their lives can we make it possible to end genocide once and for all”
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